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January 4, 2020
Pull Some Strings - Digital Notation

We've just added the digital notation player to 'Pull Some Strings', a useful set of introductory exercises to help first-time players recognise the notes for the first time.

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January 3, 2020
Forest Dreams

This gorgeous new track is inspired by luscious, green forests where the mist floats mystically above the trees ... Try playing along with the beautiful soundtrack!

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January 2, 2020
Finger Pattern 1

Do you use Finger Patterns? They're a really useful way of thinking about where to put your fingers on the violin. Why are they so useful? Well, if you know which finger pattern you need for a particular key, you don't need to worry about remembering each interval.

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December 31, 2019
ViolinSchool 2020

Here's a little bit of news about what’s coming up at ViolinSchool in the next few months… Daily Lessons, Digital Music Player, Printed Books, and more!

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December 27, 2019
Online Courses - Holiday Maintenance

We're preparing a giant upgrade for ViolinSchool.com over the holidays. The Courses section of the site may be unavailable. During this time, enrolled learners can access courses directly here:

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December 23, 2019
Season's Greetings from ViolinSchool!

Click the image to watch our Christmas Message! Wherever you are and whatever you're doing this Holiday season, we wish you peace and happiness!

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December 5, 2019
The Violin Orchestra Christmas Show 2019 - Live Webcast!

Tune in LIVE to the Violin Orchestra Christmas Show 2019 ... right here on ViolinSchool.com at 2.30pm GMT (London Time) on Saturday 8th December 2019. Featuring the Violin Orchestra and ViolinSchool Ensembles playing a wide selection of Christmas music!

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September 7, 2019
A New Home for ViolinSchool London

We're delighted to announce a NEW Saturday venue in London for ViolinSchool's 'ViolinHub' Community, School, and Centre of Learning for the Violin. Watch the announcement about our new Community and Centre of Learning for the Violin...

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September 1, 2019
Welcome to the New Season at ViolinSchool - 2019/2020!

Welcome to the 2019/2020 Season at ViolinSchool! In the next few days, we'll be announcing lots of exciting news, including a new venue for our Saturday School in London, a new Teacher Training course in Dublin, new Printed Violin Books, and new Courses for Children and Intermediate Violinists. Stay tuned!

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July 27, 2019
Summer Pause

We're taking a few weeks to prepare ViolinSchool.com for the new academic year. Look out for some big announcements about new courses and locations in early September... We can't wait […]

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June 10, 2019
The Violin Orchestra Begins This Weekend In London!

It's Violin Orchestra time! If you're in the UK, then come to our London School and join in with The Violin Orchestra! The first rehearsal takes place this weekend - Saturday 15th June!

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June 9, 2019
New Video: The Online Beginner Violin Course!

Registration for our new Online Beginner Violin Course is now open! We've recorded a video to tell you all about it - check it out here!

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June 6, 2019
Leap of Faith (Intonation Exercise)

Shifting big distances on a single string, like in this shifting exercise, really does require a leap of faith! But that faith will come from repeating the movement slowly lots of times, and being aware of your arm movement (especially the elbow movement) during the shift.

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June 5, 2019
New Music: The Can-Can by Offenbach

Offenbach's famous 'Can-Can' is a classic of the genre... a high-octane dance that's full of energy, and sure to get your feet tapping! Here's an easy version in G major for Beginner violinists to try!

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June 4, 2019
Scale Acceleration Exercises

These new Scale Acceleration Exercises from Online Beginner Course A will help you to drill in your scale patterns in G, D and A major. Repeat each scale with increasingly short note values, until you can repeat the finger placements accurately at high speed!

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June 3, 2019
9 Techniques To Get The Most Out Of Your Violin Practice

To use time efficiently within your practice, you need to know *what* to do. Which types of exercises and activities are guaranteed to get you results? This checklist of Practice Techniques will help you to make a great start!

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June 2, 2019
Long, Long Ago for Violin - New Sheet Music

This nostalgic piece of music dates all the way back to the early 1800s. It became well-known in America by the mid 1800s, and has remained popular ever since!

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June 1, 2019
Copycat (Intonation Exercise)

Play an interval on one string, and then play the same notes in a different place on the violin, by moving to a different string and a different position... but be a careful copycat, and aim for the same pitch, wherever you climb!

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May 31, 2019
Could You Tell If There Was Woodworm In Your Violin?

For woodworm, a violin makes a tasty lunch! Let's explore how woodworm can damage violins, and what you can do to avoid woodworm problems in your violin!

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May 25, 2019
The Practice Menu - A Framework for How to Practise the Violin

One of the most important skills any violinist can have is knowing how to practise! This one single skill can transform your progress, because if you always know how to improve then you'll always be getting better and better!

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May 24, 2019
First Things First - Practising the 1st Finger

We've updated this piece, which you can find in Beginner Course A or in the Library, and added a playalong video! Can you play along with the music... in time, and in tune?

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May 23, 2019
At Anchor - Intonation Exercise

In this intonation exercise, 'anchor' your hand in the 3rd and 4th positions, then practise tuning the stopped notes in relation to the open strings.

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May 22, 2019
New in the Library: Music Theory

New in the Library... all Level 1 Music Theory is now live on the ViolinSchool Library for ViolinSchool members to download right now!

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May 21, 2019
Break It Down!

When we begin learning a piece of music, and find that it contains tough challenges, it's time to break down what's going on and understand the individual elements of each problem...

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May 20, 2019
Have You Seen The 'Clap Its'?!

A lot of learners ask us how to improve their rhythm skills, so we've put together some really useful Rhythm Exercises with playalong videos to help you keep time. Plus a new lesson about how to use them for rhythm and pulse training!

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